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Randy with the Kansas City Symphony, June 10, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Kansas City, MO

“Randy Newman will perform hit after hit with the Kansas City Symphony in a very special one-night only experience.”

For more information, please visit http://tickets.kcsymphony.org/ .

Tarrytown Music Hall, July 26, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 8:00 pm
Tarrytown Music Hall
Tarrytown, NY

“Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Randy Newman returns to the Tarrytown Music hall, after a sold out appearance in 2011!”

For more information, please visit http://tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/ .

The Colbert Report finale

Randy accompanied a star-studded cast of (seeming) thousands when the Colbert Report signed off on December 18, 2014.

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Randy played the Devil in NYC’s “Faust” concert on July 1, 2014

Randy Newman lead a one-night-only performance of his famed 1995 musical “Faust” in concert at New York City Center on July 1, 2014, as part of the Encores! Off-Center series. Here is a short highlight clip from that performance.

 

The musical is “like Goethe’s Faust Pt. 1, but more complex psychologically; more like Pt 2 but not the product of an ordered mind,” says Newman. “The Lord and the Devil are childhood friends who in adulthood have a falling out. The Devil is expelled from Heaven, somewhat arbitrarily some might say, and though he reigns in Hell, he longs to return to his childhood home. He goes up to visit Heaven for the first time in a long while. He finds the Lord and tells him Man is bad, and should never have been created. The Lord says that He doesn’t make mistakes. As they did in the 12th, 14th and 16th centuries, they bet on it, pick a young Notre Dame Freshman as a representative specimen and hilarity ensues.”

Faust opened in 1995 at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and was revived at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 1996.

Randy honored by PEN New England on Monday, June 2, 2014

Randy, “whose 40-year career has included a few improbable hits (‘Short People’ and ‘I Love L.A.’), two Academy Awards (and 20 nominations), and a trove of smart, satirical songs that has won him the reverence of his peers, seemed to enjoy himself Monday. He told the crowd he’s ‘just enough of a snob’ to relish receiving an award from a literary group.”

To read the whole story, click here.

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Bonnie Raitt and Randy perform at the Painted Turtle benefit

Bonnie and Randy, together again.

Bonnie and Randy performed “Feels Like Home” and “Guilty” on March 10, 2014 in San Francisco’s Davies Hall for the Painted Turtle benefit.

Randy plays in the Library of Congress Gershwin Room

During a recent visit to The Library of Congress, Randy Newman was given the opportunity to play George Gershwin’s piano. “Outdoors but Not the Red River Valley” was written on commission from pianist Gloria Cheng and is one in a five-part homage to Newman’s uncles, film composers Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman.

“My uncle Alfred wrote the music for a number of John Ford’s films. In every one of them, the great director wanted to use ‘Red River Valley.’ Al liked the tune, but not in every picture. I wrote this piece for my uncle, who was a really great composer. Listening to it, because of whose piano I was playing, apparently I was afraid to use the pedal.

“Thanks for visiting this site. I promise to do better by you in the future. (In B flat): Happy Thanksgiving to you and Happy Birthday to me!”

– Randy Newman

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Randy sings “Big Time” on Peter Gabriel’s “And I’ll Scratch Yours”

“And I’ll Scratch Yours” is the “companion to the critically acclaimed Scratch My Back and the concluding part of a series of song exchanges in which Peter and other leading artists reinterpret each other’s songs.”

Randy, interpreting “Big Time,” joined Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and others in covering Peter Gabriel’s tunes.

To purchase the CD or digital download, click here.

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Recent Online Performances, Interviews, and Reviews

Randy chatted with Jimmy Fallon and performed two songs for the Tonight Show (March 3, 2014). To read a synopsis with video links, click here.

The LA Times reviewed Randy’s performance on the March 3rd Tonight Show. Read their rave here.

Randy participated in “The History and Future of Hollywood Film Music,” a panel discussion on KPCC’s AirTalk program. To watch the archived video, click here.

“Rørende Randy Newman i topform,” a review of Randy’s 2012 concert in Randers. Click here to consume!

“Randy Newman — review: Festival Hall, London,” a review of Randy’s 2012 concert in London. Click here to read!

“Randy Newman & A Steinway Is All We Need,” a review of Randy’s Austin City Limits Festival performance by the Houston Press. Click here to absorb!

“Randy Newman and the Sydney Symphony,” an interview from the Sydney Opera House, is online now. Click here to view!

“Randy Newman: The Return Of A Playful Icon,” an interview from NPR’s WFUV, is online now. Click here to hear!

The Australian has an interview with Randy: “Just don’t leave Randy Newman alone with his music.” Click here to read it.

Filter focused on Randy from July 5th to July 8th with four Newman-oriented articles. To read Filter’s work, click here.

Randy appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck on Wednesday, May 25th.

NPR’s “Dinner Party Download” hosted Randy on their Saturday, June 10th program. Randy’s segment begins at approximately 11:40 in. To hear it, click here.

Randy was on Jimmy Fallon’s program on Monday, May 16th. Randy performed “Losing You” at the end of the program and performed “Short People” as a Web Exclusive.

The A.V. Club asked Randy specific questions about a number of his songs.

The A.V. Club also featured Randy in the May 19, 2011 edition of their “Gateways to Geekery” series: Randy Newman.

Randy has an audio interview with ABC Sydney about his upcoming orchestral concerts in Australia.

A blogger for the Phoenix New Times reviewed Randy’s Memorial-Day weekend appearance at the Arizona Biltmore.

Randy chatted with the Huffington Post’s Mike Ragogna.

Randy discussed “Losing You” for the Guardian’s “How I wrote …” series. Click here to watch the video of his explanation and a performance of the song.

The UK’s Telegraph gives five stars to “The Randy Newman Songbook, Volume 2.” Click here to read the review.

Randy’s interview with the BBC’s “The Strand” is online now!

Randy’s interview with Kirsty Lang on BBC Radio 4 is online now!

Randy is on Jools Holland’s 30-minute “Later” BBC show in some regions of the globe.

Randy is also on Jools Holland’s 60-minute BBC show.

Read the Independent’s review of the Songbook Vol. 2.

Randy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2013

Randy finally made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

“I really thought maybe I’d have to die first,” he tells Rolling Stone.  “I didn’t think it would happen if it didn’t happen, you know, a little earlier. But this is great. I’m really glad it happened when I was still around to see it.”

Rolling Stone has more information here.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on April 18th, 2013 at the Nokia Theater and broadcast on HBO May 18th.

For information, please visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s site.

Congratulations Randy!

Humble Randy

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